Eden Hazard was the brightest spark of a Chelsea season that ultimately failed to ignite.
The Belgian youngster—who is set to star at this summer's World Cup—has subsequently been linked with a move to Paris-Saint Germain, where his thirst for trophies is most likely to be satisfied, reported by The Guardian.
However, speaking after Chelsea failed to clinch any silverware upon Jose Mourinho's returning season, Hazard has indicated he will remain at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer, reported by Kevin Palmer of ESPN FC:
Individually it's been good because I was able to play in almost every game, be on the pitch and do what I enjoy doing most, which is to play football.
This season was an "almost" season. Almost in the Champions League final, almost champions in the Premier League. I hope next season it will better and we can go to the next level.
Hazard acknowledges Chelsea's need for evolution, something he will be a major part of if he remains in West London. The athletic winger scored 14 times in 35 appearances throughout the Blues' run to third, per WhoScored, but wasn't always unequivocally praised by his manager.
Mourinho both criticised and praised Hazard throughout the season but clearly believes his talented star can offer more to Chelsea's cause. The Portuguese boss recently told Hazard "we want more from you" in the future, per Sky Sports.
While Hazard's work ethic has improved, he is capable of becoming an all-round star for Chelsea. The 23-year-old's performance during February's 1-0 away win at Manchester City highlighted his ability to energetically patrol the flank, offering both defensive cover and a fast-breaking offensive outlet who takes control of counter-attacks.
His poor marking during the Champions League loss to Atletico Madrid, which saw Adrian net his first goal since November, is an example of what happens when Hazard's concentration wanes.
The sturdy player won't escape Mourinho's wrath if this continues to happen. Juan Mata's lack of physicality eventually saw him sold to rivals Manchester United, despite the Spaniard winning Chelsea's Player of the Season award for two years running.
Mourinho's vision is to build an attack-minded, balanced team that is able to suffocate opponents out of possession as a unit. If a single individual halts this, the former Real Madrid coach has proven he is more than willing to sell.
Hazard being filmed wearing a PSG shirt after Chelsea's loss in the French capital was unfortunate, per Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail. That being said, if this image is to remain temporary, he needs to win trophies.
"In the English Premier League you play Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal and Man United every week and it's very good, but I came here for trophies," said Hazard, per Palmer.
Mega-rich PSG are likely to rack up plenty of silverware in the coming years. Chelsea face great competition in the Premier League, despite possessing similar funds, as the division's toughness comes to the fore. Hazard will undoubtedly need to be at his best if he is to lift the domestic title at Stamford Bridge.
Although some way off from reaching his potential as a Ballon d'Or winner, Hazard's quality is becoming more apparent with every season.
If he makes a conscious decision to heed Mourinho's advice, he will develop into a leader alongside being an individual star, exactly what Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi achieve at their respective clubs.
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